The Strange and Terrible Visions of Fred Phelps and Philip K. Dick

Cross-posted from my religion blog.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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3 Responses to The Strange and Terrible Visions of Fred Phelps and Philip K. Dick

  1. Hizzle says:

    It’s weird how counter-culture hipsters embrace Dick while completely missing how religious he was. ( http://www.philipkdickfans.com/resources/miscellaneous/the-religious-experience-of-philip-k-dick-by-r-crumb-from-weirdo-17/ )

    Dick has two kinds of fans, as a critic once noted. Those who prefer him when he saw the bend coming (“The Man in the High Castle”) and those who prefer him when he went around the aforementioned bend (“VALIS”) The irony is of course that Dick was far more creative before he got heavy into LSD use.

    Antipathy toward Christianity really does just boil down to the insight in Putnam’s “Bowling Alone.” When people go to church, they talk to each other (increase in social capital). This behavior must always be discouraged, from the perspective of the elite.

  2. Gordo says:

    Counter-currents has an interesting take by Trevor Lynch on what ‘..Androids..’ was about.

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